Friday, January 17, 2014

Handling pressure

Do you think you handle pressure well, or do you usually fall apart?

I like to think I am better at handling pressure now than I was in the past.  I mentioned in an earlier post that I am a natural born procrastinator.  I can thrive on pressure when it comes to working against a deadline.  The key word there is 'can.'  It really depends on the assignment/project I am working on.  For example, I thrive under pressure for writing assignments but for an oral presentation I would need significantly more time to prepare.  I am not a natural public speaker by any means.  If I waited until the night before to write a speech I would likely melt on stage.  Likewise, in my cold calling job I had to prepare ahead of time to reach my goal. Preparation and hard work were key to fighting against the intense pressure I felt from my boss to meet my number each month.  If I had waited until the last week to meet my target, I would have most certainly fallen apart not to mention receive a good ole' pink slip!

For assignments I really enjoy though such as these blog entries, I can wait until right before midnight to post for the day and be fine cranking out an entry for you fine folks!  Then again, maybe my entries would be better if I started earlier.  I'm going to try posting earlier this next week so (knock on wood) my entries might be even better!  Also, I just started a fiction writing course and I have an assignment due for my class next Thursday.  My first inclination is to wait until Wednesday night but I am going to fight that urge this time and see if I can come up with an even better story.  Wish me luck! 

And Happy Friday everyone!


  1. I can live on pressure but only thrive when I have less pressure. It is difficult for me to find where that line is.

    1. I agree--it can be a tough line to walk! I hope you are able to find the balance. I'm trying to be better about my procrastinating...even with assignments I enjoy like my blog entries.